Programme Manager, Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society (FICS)
The Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society is a new programme at Global Dialogue, developing and coordinating a global response by private philanthropy to the closing of civil society space. We are seeking a Programme Manager to work alongside the newly recruited Director.
As activism has gained visibility and achieved significant impact globally there has also been a noticeable rise in attacks on civil society by states and non-state actors, marked in recent years by a proliferation of laws that limit freedoms of expression, information, association and assembly. There have also been increases in politically motivated prosecutions, in illicit surveillance, and in the number of reported physical assaults and even killings of activists. Research shows that this global trend towards restricting civil society already affects more than 100 countries worldwide. In the short term the phenomenon of closing space is disrupting, and in some cases paralyzing, the day to day work of activists and their organisations. In the long term the phenomenon threatens to weaken the vitality and vision of civil society.
The Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society (FICS) will facilitate a coordinated private donor response to the increase in restrictions on civil society and limitations on cross-border philanthropy, encouraging donors to align their resources to create an enabling environment where civil society organisations thrive and cross-border grant-making can flourish. The Initiative already brings together many private funders from around the world and we expect it to continue to grow in membership and influence.
FICS is led by an advisory board that includes the donors to the Initiative and the funder networks Ariadne, the European Foundation Centre, and the International Human Rights Funders Group. The Initiative is housed at Global Dialogue, a registered charity (1122052) promoting human rights and social change through innovative and collaborative philanthropy.
The overall purpose of this role is to help lead communications and outreach to the FICs network and support the efficient day-to-day operations of FICS.
Tasks will include:
Terms and Conditions
The closing date for applications is midnight GMT on Sunday March 26. Interviews will be held in London on Thursday 30th March.
To apply please submit a maximum two-page CV and a short cover letter (maximum 2 sides A4) explaining how you meet the person specification to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please use the following subject line: “FICS Programme Manager: Last name, first name”. The filename of your CV should be “LastnameFirstname_CV” and that of your cover letter should be “LastnameFirstname_Cover”.
Please note that due to the large number of applications we expect to receive we will only be able to contact short-listed candidates and cannot offer feedback on unsuccessful applications.
Thank you for your interest in working for Global Dialogue. We look forward to hearing from you.